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Teacher Appreciation Week {EVERYTHING You Need to Know}

Posted by  ·  May 4, 2019  ·  Last Updated: May 4, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to recognize and appreciate the teachers in our lives. My mother once told me that it takes a village to raise a child, and she certainly was right!  From preschool on, teachers have been a huge part of the village helping to raise my children.

If you need awesome teacher gifts be sure to check out these teacher appreciation gifts. You will find hundreds of ideas.
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Teacher Appreciation Week

So many teachers have had such a great impact on my life and the lives of my children.  I consider it an honor to find special ways to show them my appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week, and I hope that I can help you find a special way to say “thank you” to the wonderful teachers in the life of your family too!

What is Teacher Appreciation week?

Since 1984, the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) has designated a full week during the public school year to honor the men and women who lend their passion, skills, hard work and dedication to educating our children.

When is Teacher Appreciation Week? 

The first full week of May is designated as National Teacher Appreciation Week.  This year (2019), that week is Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th. And don’t forget the national teacher day, Teacher Appreciation Day, on Tuesday, May 7th! I suggest checking with your school PTO to make sure these dates are correct for your school!

How do you celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week?

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

~Cynthia Ozick

Do you have any ideas that you have used to thank your children’s teachers? I would love to hear about them!

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  1. Anjee Shinkan
    Thursday, April 19th, 2018
    Wow.. lots of great ideas here! Thank you!
  2. Kate Inman
    Thursday, April 19th, 2018
    Wow - I love all these ideas! So important to show our teachers how much we appreciate what they do. These will surely be a hit. Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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  5. Teri McInnes
    Monday, October 15th, 2012
    Thank you for all your great ideas!!!!
    I co-ordinate a Staff Appreciation Committee at my daughters school.
    We try to do something nice for the staff/teachers once a month.
    Since this is my 4th year co-ordinating,i am ALWAYS looking for new ideas.
    We have a very limited budget and your ideas are a god-send!!!

    Thank you!!!
  6. Janice
    Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
    Love your ideas!!!
  7. Babs
    Saturday, November 12th, 2011
    Great ideas!
  8. AT
    Thursday, September 1st, 2011
    I am looking for a teacher appreciation saying to go with a box of markers. Any great ideas?
    • Cindy
      Friday, May 3rd, 2019
      Hey AT, Have you seen this cute tag you can use with markers? https://www.skiptomylou.org/printable-teacher-appreciation-sharpie-labels/ or these https://www.skiptomylou.org/back-to-school-teacher-gift-tags/
  9. jody
    Friday, April 15th, 2011

    I would love to use some of your teacher appreciation ideas on my ( your ideas are very cute )

  10. Cheryl Ann
    Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
    Love this site!
    Always trying to come up with a theme for the school teacher appreciation week is hard. Last year we did "our teachers and staff rock" the kindergarten class made pet rocks for the teachers.
    This year thiking of doing something with "light" in the title. you can get the 3" round white candles at $ store and cut a paper to go around the candle. Kids can color with peranemt marker on the plain white copy paper. Then using a heat tool gun heat you wrap the candle with kids paper and heat with tool into the candle making it appear to be part of the candle. A little time consuming, so collect the colr drawings from kids and make outside class.
  11. Friday, October 29th, 2010
    I will certainly be referring back to this blog article later in the year! I'm room parent for my son's class this year and this will be a lifesaver!
  12. sandy
    Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    This is great! Thanks a bunch!!!
  13. Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    Inspired by your fabulous sayings and a neat idea from thestampteacher.blogspot.com my daughter and I made some neat treats for the staff at her school. Check them out at theleakinglife.blogspot.com.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
  14. Anna
    Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
    For "3 musketeer" you can use All for One and One for All!!! :)
  15. Kelley
    Sunday, April 25th, 2010
    Anyone have an idea for a quote with a "3 musketeer" candy bar....I am stumped! Thanks
  16. Stacy
    Friday, April 23rd, 2010
    I saw an idea where you take a pen apart and wrap pretty paper around the ink barrel then put the pen back together. I think it would be cute to print the teacher's name on some paper so the pens would be personalized. The idea was from: http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/2010/04/prettying-up-regular-pens.html
  17. Monday, April 19th, 2010
    I've also seen the idea of the 100 Grand bars, but the mini size. Put 10 in a bag and 'you're worth a million!'
  18. tracy
    Saturday, April 11th, 2009
    although I wish I had a picture. If you make brownies in a 9x9 bowl. Cut it directly in half and then lay it lengthwise, so it is like 18 x 4. Cut the top into a triangle and then frost it to look like a pencil. I usually have a saying ' pencils are no. 2, because teachers are no. 1"

    you can also give your teachers regular no. 2 pencils with the same saying.
  19. Sunday, August 17th, 2008
    What a great post, thank you so muc for sharing this. Tons of great ideas here.
  20. Belle
    Monday, June 23rd, 2008
    Great ideas!!!
  21. Sunday, May 11th, 2008
    Awesome ideas and very affordable! My son is in preschool and he has about 4 teachers that rotate throughout the day. Plus my daughter always wants to do something special for the p.e. coach, the art teacher, the principal...etc..etc - the gifts can add up quickly! Thank you so much for sharing.... I linked here through "Tip Junkie". I am so gonna subscribe to your blog!
    Happy Mother's Day!!!!
  22. Katrina
    Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
    Awesome ideas-I am on day 4 for our "Teacher Appreciation Week" looking for a quick idea for tomorrow. Monday was microwave popcorn "Popping up to say you are GREAT". Tuesday was an orange "Orange you SPECIAL". Wednesday was a box of Smart Start cereal "Thank you for a Smart Start to ___grade". (filled in with the next grade level).
  23. Kelly Crady
    Monday, May 5th, 2008
    I need some ideas I have been geeting donations for our schools event and Dairy Queen donated a Sundae for each of our teachers and I am looking for a worderful quote.......HELP!!! Thanks!

    Another one I saw was this place would be a zoo without you.... and attach animal crackers. Keep in mind the principal and I are doing this for all teachers.
  24. Dawn
    Sunday, May 4th, 2008
    These are all great ideas! Thank you for posting them. I have already bookmarked this page for future reference.
  25. Marilyn M
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
    Was referred to your site through Tip Junkie - awesome ideas - and thanks so much for sharing!!
  26. JenniferB
    Friday, April 18th, 2008
    I bought large canvas totes and when I was in helping in the classroom and the teacher was going to be doing assessments in another classroom for an hour or so, I helped each child apply pain to their hand and then put their handprints on the bag. I then wrote their names by their print with permanent fabric marker, and then on the card put the line "you have touched our hearts and we'll carry you with us forever".
  27. Joy
    Monday, March 31st, 2008
    These are great ideas! Here is another idea that I actually received from a friend of mine. She made a batch of rice crispie treats and then cut one large heart out of it and wrapped in colored saran wrap and then traced and cut her daughter's hand out of construction paper attached it to the wrapped treat and wrote "You have touched my heart. Thank you for being my teacher." This could also work well with heart shaped sugar cookies.
  28. Megan
    Sunday, February 24th, 2008
    People like you make being a teacher all that much nicer. It's wonderful to have the rewarding experience with the children, but knowing that the parents appreciate it is just the icing on the cake. Thank you for doing this.
  29. Thursday, May 10th, 2007
    These are all fantastic! Thank you so much for the great ideas!
  30. Thursday, May 10th, 2007
    I love all of your ideas!!! When I lived in Alabama we did Teacher Appreciation but here in Missouri they do not do it. So I send gifts all year long for holidays. Thanks for the idea.
  31. Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
    What a bunch of great ideas!! Thanks for sharing these.
  32. Monday, May 7th, 2007
    I'm here from Karla's, and these are very creative! I am bookmarking this page.
  33. Monday, May 7th, 2007
    Thank you for posting this. We love our son's preschool teacher and I had no idea it was Teacher Apprciation Week. Luckily, I have a cute bag of Pistachio nuts and cute die cuts to make a gift tag!

    P.S. We made your Blarney Teasure Stones for the class for St. Patrick's Day and they were a huge hit!
  34. Sunday, May 6th, 2007
    What you have listed sounds like the greatest teacher appreciation gify I have ever heard of!!
  35. Sunday, May 6th, 2007
    perfect perfect perfect!!! I love these ideas! Thank you!